Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.

Added by Rastacouere on 03-15-2004

BEER STATS
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#3,341
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
434
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of rogerdandy
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Inky black pour. Forms ad dark tan head that persists. Aroma of roast malt, licorice, smoke and dark fruit. Flavour starts with tobacco, coffee grounds, toffee, leather, finishing with a dry woodsy hop bitterness. Warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is chewy, coating and drying.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Born on 10/29/15
Very black pour yields an opaque dark brew with a thin layer of tan colored foam. Roasted malts, dark fruits, some smoke and char make up the aroma. Dark fruits, ash, roast and as it warms, some bitter roast coffee comes through on the palate. Medium feel, well, almost full feel, coats the palate and the abv is nicely hidden. Grande Noirceur is a really nice RIS that delivers the classic stout qualities fantastically.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is just about the perfect Russian Imperial Stout. Roasty with a nice balance of caramel and chocolate malt flavors. The appearance is of a chocolate cake with beer-laced butter for a frosting; Beer porn.

The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and has a good amount of that Peche Mortel oiliness that took the beer world by storm a decade ago. But that silkiness is even creamier, and comes to the front with a sarsaparilla and root beer smoothness that's out of this world.

The taste is everything you can imagine in a stout; coconut, chocolate, molasses, cola, root beer, a hint of cherry, and vanilla right up the ass. Not as much coffee and bourbon flavors as most stouts, and they're not missed in this one.

Dieu De Ciel is possibly the greatest brewery on planet earth. Who else can produce beers like this? I've had some crazy good Russian Imperial Stouts in my day from places like Hill Farmstead, North Coast, Sierra Nevada, Stone, New England Brewing Company, Cigar City, and many others. This may just be my favorite stout.

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Photo of matthewsween
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deg
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer is very dark. Thick head. The head is coffee with cream color. I can't smell much, but there is something nice there. Excellent taste. Fig, roasted malt, a little coffee like aftertaste. The beer feels a little thin for my tastes for an Imperial Stout, but that's the only complaint I have about this beer.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Initial nose is all chocolate coffee, but after first time the nutty deliciousness hits. The late taste us of espresso and light caramel.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of bobv
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Inky black with a finger of brown head that settles out in a short time. Spotty lacing.

S: Dark and dense fudge, German chocolate cake, brownie batter, dark chocolate truffles. Roasty. Dark roast coffee. Hints of black currant and plum.

T: Roasty up front with a lot of French roast coffee, char, and smoke. Bitter dark chocolate abounds. Dark chocolate fudge and double chocolate cake. Very slight hints of darkfruit at its core. Lingering roasty finish.

M: Thick and heavy in the mouth. Full bodied, coating, and chewy as hell. You could cut this with a fork and knife. Fine but stiff carbonation has a firm prickling feel on the tongue and scrubs a bit.

O: Russian Imperial Stouts really don't get any better than this. This is textbook, and absolutely delicious! This brewery is so under the radar it isn't even funny. Peche Mortel may get some good praise, but there are several beers they make that I'd personally put ahead of it, and this is one. If you're a style purist, this is your nirvana.

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Photo of StormAles
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of akopczyk
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of threeviews
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 11.5oz (330ml) bottle with a twist-off crown(!) into a Teku 2.0 stemmed glass.

A - With the exception of some deep mahogany colors seeping through at the edges of the glass, the beer pours pitch black with a coffee colored head approaching 1-finger with minor retention. (4.25)

S - Baker's chocolate, Burndt Coffee, Molasses and a hint of dark fruit (raisin and prune). Not terribly complex, but a Russian Imperial Stout with all the trimmings. No alcohol in the nose (4.5)

T - Big coffee roast dominates with some baker's chocolate and some treacle rounding things out. Dark fruit sweeetness is countered quite handidly by the roasted malt bitterness. Like the nose, no alcohol infiltrates the palate. (4.75)

M - 9% ABV is not the most burly for an Imperial Stout and it is felt most prominently in the mouth. It features a medium body and with the heavy helping of roasted malts intensifies the bitterness and increases its drinkability. The carbonation also helps to scrub any residual sweetness from the palate and inviting another sip. (4.5)

O - At ~$4.50 a bottle, the value/flavor profile is pretty good and have no problem with that pricepoint here in The States. This is a well conceived beer and sports enough complexity to make it interesting. However, the mouthfeel is a bit thin leaving me a little abandoned. However, the heavy dose of roasted malt and residual bitterness makes this an enjoyable Imperial Stout. That said, I will still prefer the over-the-top flavor profile of Peche Mortel. (4.5)

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Photo of edugasmtl
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an opaque black color. No light gets through at all. A dense two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Roast, dark bakers chocolate, baked bread and coffee all intermingle. A perfect balance between the roasted malt aromas. Maybe just a touch of earthy hops in the finish. Excellent.
T: Like the nose, this has incredible balance. Roasted malts, coffee, dark bakers chocolate. Some toffee, light dark fruits, and a touch of hops in the background.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. So smooth and velvety. Not overly viscous at all. Really enjoyable to drink. Just a bit of warming alcohol that makes for an incredible sipper. That being said, this is gone in no time, and I wish the bottle would never end.

An amazing Imperial Stout. Nothing added, no barrel aging. Just all around amazing. Incredible balance, and very moreish. Another near perfect beer from this brewery.

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4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.5 oz. bottle dated 10-24-2016

Pours black with a creamy tan brown foam head. Smells like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoky roasted toasted bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark molasses, espresso coffee, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dry dark bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, smoky roasted toasted bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark molasses, black espresso coffee, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial stout.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobsy
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit...its the best looking beer I've ever seen! Jet black transcending to chocolate as the bubbles slowly settle into a majestic silky smooth giant beige head. A match for the péché mortel in every respect, so it comes as no suprise that this is the base beer for that finest of Canadian brews. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate and vanilla in the nose. Imperial stout all the way. A sublime marriage of coffee with chocolate and dark fruit. Rich, huge flavour and feel.

Here's the differences from its more renowned offspring - the péché obviously has a more pronounced coffee flavour from the addition of some joe to the brew, but it also has an added creaminess to balance it out and prevent it from becoming overpowering like the Mikeller take on this style. While the base flavour of the noirceur really is superb, the added coffee and cream notes in the péché give it a slight edge in the aroma, which you can't help but recall as you raise the noirceur to your lips. Of course this is probably a slightly lesser equivalent of saying Abyss is no Darklord, so make of that what you will. What a fantastic brew though, and it deserves to have a reputation up with the greats. Enjoy this draft only secret if you come across it at the pub in Montreal and rejoice that you are one of the fortunate few.

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Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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